Many students are bored and are not engaged in their education, because schools largely are not adapting to their students' digital lifestyles, Microsoft executive Martin Bean told a group of educators gathered Dec. 2 for Microsoft's School of the Future World Summit in Seattle. "Our end users [students] feel that the actual system in which they are forced to live is so disconnected from the world that they live in," he said, citing a U.S. Department of Education study showing that while most students believe education is important, few think it meets their needs. Blanket policies, such as bans on

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